Are you or your child at risk for diabetes? Do you get overwhelmed with all the confusing labels and weird names for ingredients? You’re not alone. We travel the U.S doing cooking classes and always hear the same concerns, “What is all the junk in the food?” If you can’t pronounce it you probably shouldn’t eat it! Well the AMA is trying to make life a little easier when it comes to our health and sugar.
The American Medical Association has adopted a policy to make consumers more aware of sugars that are being added to food by manufacturers and are urging the FDA to make the “front of pack warning labels” a priority for foods with high levels of added sugars.
The American Medical Association is also seeking the FDA put limits on the amount of added sugars that would be allowed in food that makes health claims or is promoting their food as having nutritional benefits.
This is great news for everyone who is fighting to not become a diabetic or who are already struggling with their blood sugar. November is National Diabetes Awareness month, most people have no idea how much of an epidemic diabetes is in the U.S
According to the CDC, “More than 100 million U.S. adults are now living with diabetes or prediabetes, according to a new report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report finds that as of 2015, 30.3 million Americans – 9.4 percent of the U.S. population –have diabetes. Another 84.1 million have prediabetes, a condition that if not treated often leads to type 2 diabetes within five years.”
9.4% is almost 10% of the Population of America! I had no idea but back when this study was done 2015, who knows what the stats are now. But back then Diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S
1 in 4 adults living with diabetes doesn’t even know they have it. “Diabetes is a serious disease that can often be managed through physical activity, diet, and the appropriate use of insulin and other medications to control blood sugar levels. People with diabetes are at increased risk of serious health complications including premature death, vision loss, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, and amputation of toes, feet, or legs.” -ADA
It’s so important the entire family is watching their sugar intake as we are seeing an extreme onset of adult diabetes now occurring in children. According to Mayo Clinic, it is important to manage your child’s diabetes as left untreated will have lasting health effects or possibly end up being life-threatening.
Do you or your child have the symptoms of diabetes? According to the American Diabetes Association, some symptoms may be mild at first and can go undetected.
“The following symptoms of diabetes are typical. However, some people with type 2 diabetes have symptoms so mild that they go unnoticed.
Common symptoms of diabetes:
- Urinating often
- Feeling very thirsty
- Feeling very hungry – even though you are eating
- Extreme fatigue
- Blurry vision
- Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
- Weight loss – even though you are eating more (type 1)
- Weight loss in Children is less common for (type2)
- Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet (type 2)
Early detection and treatment of diabetes can decrease the risk of developing complications of diabetes.
Please help spread the word as diabetes caught early enough is reversible and small changes in your diet and exercise have seen the reverse of diabetes. Even losing 10-15 lbs if you are 200 lbs could reverse diabetes. Get tested today.
If going to your doctor is inconvenient I have used a company called Life Line screenings they come to communities across the U.S and offer glucose testing right on site, a simple finger prick and you got your facts.
Let’s all help each other live longer healthier lives. One day at a time, One bite at a time
Take good care,
p.s Whenever you’re ready, here’s another way we can help you.
Check out the American Diabetes Association Food Tips